The Hawaiian Islands are an absolute paradise, home to countless pristine beaches, majestic mountains, awe-inspiring jungles, and cascading waterfalls. But there are some spots more heavenly than others, like the meandering Wailuku River. The second largest of all the rivers in Hawaii, the Wailuku River flows 28 miles along the line where lava from Hawaii Island’s two major volcanoes — Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea — meet. The river eroded a gorge in the lava flow and created a simply heavenly landscape and we just can’t get enough of it!

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Have you experienced the ethereal beauty of the Wailuku River and its many waterfalls for yourself? If so, which was your favorite part? We’d love for you to share your experiences and opinions in the comments, then join our Hawaii Nature Lovers Facebook group to share your own photos.

And if you want to experience the best waterfalls Hawaii Island has to offer, then embark on this epic waterfall and wine-focused road trip.

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Where can we find other rivers in Hawaii?

  • The Waimea River in Honolulu County is one of the longest in the state and flows through beautiful Waimea Canyon.
  • The Hanalei River on the island of Kauaʻi has been designated as an American Heritage River for its history and beauty.
  • The Anahulu River (also called Anahulu Stream) on Oahu was once the home to some of the original Hawaiian Islanders back in the day near the mouth of the river.

Read on to learn more about some of the many other picturesque rivers in Hawaii.

Where can we enjoy the best views in Hawaii?

  • The Polulu Valley Lookout in Kapaau offers dramatic views of small offshore islands, cliffs, and a black sand beach off Hawaii's northeastern coastline.
  • The Waimea Canyon Lookout in Kauai looks over what is sometimes referred to as the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific" - Waimea Canyon.
  • Mauna Kea on the island of Hawaiʻi is the highest point in the state of Hawaii at 13,796 feet above sea level and provides dramatic 365-degree views as far as the eye can see.

Read on to learn more about some of the many other places to enjoy the best views in Hawaii.

Where can we find abandoned places in Hawaii?

  • The Outdoor Theatre in the Waimea Valley is a beautiful abandoned outdoor theatre with decaying wooden benches in a picturesque forest environment.
  • The Waialee Home for Wayward Boys in Oahu was where troubled young men were sent for rehabilitation between 1906 and 1947.
  • The Marconi Wireless Center between the towns of Kawela Bay and Kahuku was used for communication with other Hawaiian Islands and between the U.S. Mainland during World War I.

Read on to learn more about some of the many other cool abandoned places in Hawaii.

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